Yesterday afternoon took the bus to Kilsheelin to walk the line to Poulakerry to see the progress if any on the construction of the cycleway and walkway on the former Carrick-Clonmel towpath.
Had spoken earlier in the day to the engineer responsible for overseeing the project and I thank him again for the time and update he gave me.Now I would see for myself.
Alighted from the bus and picked my way cagily,avoiding traffic and began my descent to the riverside passing the Norman Motte now a grotto.A family were happily enjoying the sunshine on the river bank while the children frolicked around their parents' feet.
Traipsed on for about five minutes and at that stage could already see signs of work underway.Stone glistening in the sun with the whitened underlay pinned back with retaining stones and further the beginning of a stretch all the way to the Norman tower, that by Poulakerry weir and appearing blue in the glare from the mill waste rolled and compressed into the yielding stone beneath.
As far as the eye could see and beyond the old stone boathouse the blue line stretched until I came to a timber fence blocking the way and informing me work was in progress...and I could not venture any further.Happy to stop there I took some more photos showing the machinery working away in the distance.
Two hundred metres a day laid and the tarring to be finished in a week - so said a young articulate workman when I enquired....
Met two good humoured,chatty, Dutch fly fishing enthusiasts on their last day of a ten day fishing holiday by the bonny banks of the Suir,who eagerly enquired of the work about,and wondered would the solitude be lost somewhat as a result of...I wish both Tom and Robert a safe return home,happy memories and a return to the Suir and what she offers for many years to come.
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